Our Flagship shop is here in San Francisco, right in the heart of North Beach.
North Beach is one of our most iconic neighborhoods. There’s a lot of history here.
Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, North Beach was home to writers and poets such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady. Today, the bohemian vibe is still strong.
Our shop is directly across from Washington Square Park. If you’re in the neighborhood, this is a great spot to lie on the grass and have a picnic…or sit on a bench and do some serious peoplewatching.
North Beach is bordered by Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Russian Hill. Historically known as San Francisco’s Little Italy, this neighborhood is still brimming with Italian culture.
North Beach is almost like a small town within the big city of San Francisco, where people know each other, and are glad to be here. The neighborhood has a family feeling. It’s welcoming, with a slower, friendly pace.
We’re glad to be here, too. If you come to visit, here are a few of our neighborhood faves:
Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store
No cigars, no frills…but plenty of good eats.
Our office debate: which focaccia sandwich is better, the meatball or the eggplant?
A good solution: order one of each, pair it with a carafe of house red or a pint of local beer, and enjoy.
566 Columbus Avenue
City Lights Bookstore
A trip to San Francisco is just not complete without a stop at City Lights.
This independent bookstore is an important fixture in the SF literary scene. With three floors of reading material, there are thousands of reasons to get lost in the shelves; you could easily spend hours here.
Tip: browse the staff picks for your next great book.
261 Columbus Avenue
You can’t get much more old school than The Saloon. It’s cash only at this beloved neighborhood dive bar, where some of the barstools have nametags on them, and the rest are usually occupied by a cast of regulars who’ve been coming here for the past few decades.
Opened in 1861, The Saloon is the oldest of its kind in San Francisco. It’s small and homey, packing the space with a couple of solid blues bands every night.
Or if you’re here during the day, stop in for a cold one, enjoy a few tunes from the well-stocked jukebox, and soak up a little history and ambiance.
Day or night, The Saloon rocks.
1232 Grant Street
Wherever you decide to wander, welcome to our city.
We hope you have a lovely time.